Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 To Be Powered By Intel Atom Chip?

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Benchmark tests suggest that Intel has finally secured a major tablet partner

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 could be powered by an Intel Atom processor, according to a benchmark from GFXBench.

The website, which collects performance data from users from a benchmark app, has published a test of a device called the ‘Samsung Santos 103’ with a product number of GT-P5200 running a 1.6GHz Intel Clovertrail processor.

The tests show that the device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 1280 x 800 display, while the name ‘Samsung Santos 10.3’ suggests a size of at least ten inches.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Intel

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SquareLast month, Samsung officially announced the seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, featuring a 1.2GHz processor, a three megapixel camera and storage of 8GB or 16GB. It is unclear whether this variation of the tablet will use Intel architecture or use Samsung’s own Exynos processors.

However, if accurate, the benchmark tests would indicate Intel has scored a major coup by securing a high-profile tablet partner given its previous struggles in entering a market dominated by ARM-based chips from the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Intel dominates the server and PC markets, which both generate significant revenues. But the former is stagnating and the latter is contracting, forcing the chip-manufacturer to look towards mobile as a vehicle for growth.

There are currently around 12 smartphones running x86 architecture, most notably the Motorola Razr i, but none are available in the US at present.

New Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has warned that the company has been too slow in responding to changes in the mobile market, saying the company would be more aggressive in its approach going forward.

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